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Toy Monster: The Big, Bad World of Mattel

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

    A FASCINATING AND SCARY LOOK INTO THE WORLD'S MOST POWERFUL TOY COMPANY

    as a parent who was dumbfounded in 2007 when my child's favorite mattel toys were being recalled because of lead in the paint and dangerous magnets, i decided to blame china for all of the problems and give mattel the benefit of the doubt. after all i grew up on mattel's barbie and chatty cathy. when i heard about this book, i thought it would continue to assuage my concerns about mattel. boy, was i in for the shock of my life. jerry oppenheimer has written a dark and scary expose of the world inside mattel and the bizarre characters who have run the place since day one and the off the wall corporate culture that exists there. who would think of sex and drugs in the same sentence as barbie and hot wheels. this is a true page turner from the first to the last! i learned that toy recalls are really a public relations gimmick. i learned how mattel pushed to settle cases of 2 kids who almost died swallowing magnets in order to stifle media reports. i learned that the woman cofounder of mattel was a white collar criminal who also lied about who really brought barbie to life. this is not a business book, but rather a horror story. someone should make it into a movie!!!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2009

    The REAL story of Barbie (and Ken)

    Good book, telling the behind-the-scenes facts about the Mattel Corporation and the beginning of the Barbie Doll at Mattel. Very interesting, especially if you live in Southern California and are aware of the people involved and the Mattel Corporation.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2009

    A highly enjoyable book!

    A very interesting account of Mattel and Barbie history. It definitely gives an intriguing look into world most people know nothing about. If you have interest in business in general, it is a great read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

    Not worth buying

    The writing style is too jumpy and hard to follow, and the co-inventor of Barbie was such a repulsive human being that it's hard to read about his life.

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